Battling boxthorn down under
From the 26th of February till the 15th of March 2019, Evans Mauda, a CBC PhD student embarked on an expedition to Australia. Evans’ journey started a while back with the mighty little ladybird beetle (Cleta eckloni) - a coccinelidae phytophagous insect which is a potential biological control agent of Lycium ferocissimum Miers, also known as African boxthorn.
Inaugural CBC Newsletter
A number of developments and achievements have happened since the launch of the Centre for Biological Control (CBC), in November 2017. In order to showcase and highlight some of these achievements, the CBC decided to compile an annual newsletter. The first issue of this newsletter was published in January 2019.
Harvesting the fruits of a Polish collaboration
For the past three years, researchers from the Centre for Biological Control (CBC) and the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University have been working in collaboration with members from the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk (UGMUG) in Poland.
Waterweed adventures in America
Megan Reid, CBC Masters student, has recently returned from a productive three-month stint in the USA. Her mission? Conducting surveys for natural enemies and potential biological control agents of Mexican water lily (Nymphaea mexicana), which has become an invasive species in South Africa.